Summer is here! As we enjoy food, family, and fun we must remember that safety remains a priority. A recent American Red Cross study shows that almost half the adults surveyed on water safety say they’ve had an experience where they’ve nearly drowned, and one in four know someone who has drowned. Many accidents happen abruptly and silently. It is important to know how to respond to an aquatic emergency.
The American Red Cross offers a variety of resources, such as the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program, to teach people how to be safer in, on and around water. This is a comprehensive training program designed to teach participants not only how to swim, but also how to avoid potentially dangerous situations and how to take effective action in emergency situations. The program consists of swimming courses for all ages and abilities, as well as a wide range of water safety courses and presentations.
In addition to the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program, the Red Cross also offers a Home Pool Essentials™: Maintenance and Safety Online Course, a two-hour course that covers the basics of operating a home pool, raises awareness of how to make a safer environment, and teaches basic rescue techniques. For more information on available safety courses, please call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit www. redcross.org.
Water Safety Resources:
- It Only Takes a Moment
- Your Home Doesn’t Come with a Lifeguard
- Would you know what to do?
- Be Red Cross Ready: Home Pool and Hot Tub Maintenance and Safety